Jack Clark

Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics from distributed computing to the ongoing debate over homogenous versus heterogeneous computing architectures. His articles have been quoted by Reuters, highlighted by The Guardian newspaper and syndicated across ZDNet and CNET.

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Eight universities join GCHQ in fight against cybercrime

Eight universities join GCHQ in fight against cybercrime

Eight UK universities are set to work closely with the UK's cyber intelligence agency after it recognised them as centres of excellence for cybersecurity research.GCHQ, the UK's signals intelligence organisation, awarded eight UK universities the 'Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research' status on Monday, laying the ground for deeper relationships between the institutions and the government agency.

published April 4, 2012 by

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Red Hat plans OpenShift cloud SLAs

Red Hat plans OpenShift cloud SLAs

Red Hat has committed to offering offer service-level agreements (SLAs) around availability and latency on applications hosted on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service, which is based on the Amazon Web Services cloud, according to the company's head of cloud.Red Hat plans to offer SLAs around availability and latency on applications hosted on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service "in the coming months", Scott Crenshaw, head of Red Hat's cloud business unit, indicated to ZDNet UK on Wednesday.

published March 28, 2012 by

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Oxford opens centre for IT security research

Oxford opens centre for IT security research

Oxford University has opened a dedicated cybersecurity research centre to work with the industry on fixing the types of security problems that companies deal with.The Oxford Cyber Security Centre was officially opened on Monday.

published March 28, 2012 by

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Texas Memory Systems adds caching to PCIe flash

Texas Memory Systems adds caching to PCIe flash

Texas Memory Systems has brought caching technology from NEVEX Virtual Technologies into its product range with the RamSan-80 PCIe-linked flash card.The card, which is targeted at organisations that want to cache data as they move it between their storage and compute infrastructure, went on sale from Texas Memory Systems (TMS) on Tuesday.

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Amazon reaches for datacentres with Eucalyptus deal

Amazon reaches for datacentres with Eucalyptus deal

Amazon and Eucalyptus Systems have entered into a technology partnership that will see Eucalyptus's private cloud technology get API integration with Amazon Web Service, smoothing the process of migrating data between on-premise datacentres and the Amazon cloud.The partnership should help assuage European companies concerns about the cloud.

published March 22, 2012 by

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Amazon cuts latency for cloud applications

Amazon cuts latency for cloud applications

Amazon has developed a technology to make sure that when a person is accessing an application in the cloud, it responds quickly.Amazon Route 53 Latency Based Routing (LBR) is a service that works with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, the company announced on Wednesday.

published March 22, 2012 by

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Nasuni study pokes holes in OpenStack

Nasuni study pokes holes in OpenStack

Clouds based on open-source OpenStack software may not be as good at ingesting large amounts of data as those from Microsoft or Amazon, a study has found.The study evaluated Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure and Rackspace Cloud Files, and was released by cloud storage specialist Nasuni on Wednesday.

published March 21, 2012 by

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Google targets developers with Cloud Storage update

Google targets developers with Cloud Storage update

Google has added a slew of 'highly requested' features to Google Cloud Storage to make life easier for developers working with the company's answer to Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3).GSUtil, a Python application that lets developers access Google Cloud Storage, has been upgraded to version three with better documentation, support for multithreaded operations and a rejigged file tree abstraction layer, Navneet Joneja, a Google product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

published March 21, 2012 by

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Amazon adds PHP support to Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon adds PHP support to Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon has broadened the language support for its automated cloud platform Elastic Beanstalk to include PHP.Additionally, applications can now be deployed via the Git version control system, the company announced on Tuesday.

published March 21, 2012 by

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Intel pours cash into eye-tracking specialist Tobii

Intel pours cash into eye-tracking specialist Tobii

A consortium of investors have given Swedish eye-tracking specialist Tobii $21m (£13m) in funding to help it expand its technology into mainstream computers and other mass-market applications.Intel's investment division, Intel Capital, joined existing investors Amadeus Capital, Investor Growth Capital and Northzone Ventures in the funding round, Tobii announced on Tuesday.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Amazon extends backup period for cloud databases

Amazon extends backup period for cloud databases

Amazon Web Services has extended the amount of time people can store backups of their relational database service virtual machines.The extension, which takes the maximum backup retention period to 35 days from eight, has been done to help customers that need to retain at least a month's worth of backups for compliance, Amazon announced in a blog post on Tuesday.

published March 20, 2012 by

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